Just in time for Christmas, quilt these festive DIY place mats to dress up your holiday table.
- Pattern and illustrations
- Tracing paper and pencil
- 44-in.-wide, 100% cotton fabrics: one fat quarter (18- x 22-in. piece) each of 10 coordinating fabrics or 1/4 yd. of dark-green print for sashing and binding and 1/8 yd. each of green-and-red print for outer border, light-green print for background of blocks, red print for cornerstones, brown print for tree trunks, red print, black bird print, green print, green holly print for pieced blocks and 1/2 yd. of coordinating print for backing
- All-purpose thread to match fabrics
- Invisible monofilament thread for quilting
- 16- x 22-in. piece of lightweight quilt batting
- Quilter's ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
- Standard sewing supplies
- Download and print tree pattern and diagrams.
- Wash fabrics separately. If the water from any fabric is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press fabrics.
- New to paper piecing? We recommend doing a test using scrap fabric before working on the final blocks.
- From green-and-red print for outer border, cut two 3-1/2- x 8-1/2-in. pieces and two 3-1/2- x 14-1/2-in. pieces.
- From dark-green print, cut four 1- x 8-1/2-in. strips for sashing and inner border and two 1- x 14-1/2-in. strips for inner border. Also cut 2-1/2-in.-wide strips for binding to equal distance around place mat plus 12 in.
- From red print, cut four 3-1/2-in. squares for corners.
- From fabric for backing, cut one 16- x 22-in. piece for backing.
Foundation Pieced Tree Block (make 3)
- Cut one pattern apart on pattern lines, making pattern pieces 1 through 9.
- Pin pattern pieces 1 through 9 right side up to right side of the different fabrics as directed or as desired.
- Cut out shapes 1 through 9, cutting 1/2 in. outside pattern lines.
- Place a fabric piece 1 right side up on section 1 of a paper pattern. Hold the pattern up to a light source to make sure the fabric is centered over the area. Pin fabric in place as shown in Fig. 1.
- Place a fabric piece 2 right side down on the first piece so the raw edges are matching as shown in Fig. 2. Hold the pattern up to a light source and flip the fabric over to make sure there is enough fabric on all edges of the number 2 pattern section. Flip the fabric back and pin to hold in place. Turn the pattern over. With a short straight stitch, sew on the pattern line between sections 1 and 2, extending stitching a couple of stitches beyond the pattern line. Remove pins and trim seam to 1/4 in. Open and press fabric 2 over section 2 as shown in Fig. 3.
- In the same way, add fabrics 3 through 9 to sections 3 through 9.
- Baste just outside the outer line
- of the pattern.
- With tree centered, trim block to an accurate 4-1/2- x 7-1/2-in. rectangle.
SASHING AND INNER BORDER
- Lay out pieced tree blocks right side up.
- Sew a 1- x 8-1/2-in. sashing strip between the blocks and a same-size inner border to each end. Press seams toward strips.
- Sew a 1- x 14-1/2-in. inner border strip to top and bottom edges. Press seams toward strips.
- Sew a 3-1/2- x 8-1/2-in. border strip to opposite sides of place mat. Press seams toward inner border strips.
- Sew a 3-1/2-in. square to opposite ends of remaining border strips. Press seams toward squares. Sew a pieced strip to top and bottom edges of place mat. Press seams toward inner border strips.
- Place backing piece wrong side up on a flat surface. Center batting on top of backing and pieced place mat on top of batting. Smooth; baste as needed to hold layers together.
- Thread sewing machine with monofilament thread and stitch in-the-ditch of seams in pieced blocks, inner border and corner squares.
- Trim excess batting and backing even with pieced top and square place mat.
- Sew narrow ends of binding strips together diagonally to make one long strip. Trim excess from seams and press seams open.
- Fold one end of strip diagonally and press 1/4 in. to wrong side. Fold and press binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing.
- Sew binding to front of place mat with a 1/4-in. seam, mitering corners and overlapping ends. Trim excess binding.
- Fold binding to back of place mat, encasing raw edges and mitering corners. Hand-sew fold of binding to back of place mat.
QUILTED DIY PLACE MATS FINISHED SIZE: Place mat measures about 20-1/2 in. wide x 14-1/2 in. high.
Quilted DIY Place Mats craft originally sent in by Jane Craig, Big Bend, Wisconsin.
Quilted DIY Place Mats Photos by Country Woman magazine.